2010 Minimum Recommendations for New Computers: Student Purchases

The computer specifications documented below will give students an idea of the level of computer recommended to complete most work within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. If you have questions about any requirements specific to a particular field of study, please check with your major department or adviser.

Component

New PC Desktop/Laptop

New Apple Macintosh

Desktop/Laptop

CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo or

AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core

Intel Core 2 Duo

System RAM

2 GB

2 GB

Optical Drive

DVD±RW

DVD±RW

Hard Drive

250 GB

250 GB

Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Ethernet Adapter

Built in (10/100/1000)

Built in (10/100/1000)

Wireless

Optional

Built in

Warranty Service

3-year on-site parts and labor

3-year AppleCare Protection Plan

Portable Flash Drive

2 GB

2 GB

Webcam

Standard webcam with built-in mic

Standard webcam with built-in mic

Software

-       Microsoft Office 2007 Student/Teacher

-       Adobe Reader

-       Antivirus

-       Microsoft Office 2008 Home & Student

-       Antivirus

  • While many netbooks and other ultraportable computers offer specifications similar to our minimum recommendations, some of the college’s departments have concerns about the small display size and students’ ability to work as expected. Please check with your major department before choosing a netbook or other ultraportable as your main computer.
  • Desktop computers and other fixed technology used on campus must access the network via a wired connection and disable any wireless network adapters, according to UALR’s wireless network policy.
  • UALR provides McAfee VirusScan to students for free.
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